Our August 2017 Newsletter

 
 

 
 
Our featured project this month is a master bathroom remodel that includes some handicap accessible features, such as a widened, doorless shower with a wheelchair ramp and a handicap accessible vanity. These features, along with the upgraded look and improved layout of the space, have created a beautiful, spa-like bathroom that the clients can comfortably use for years to come!
 
 

 
 

Dated Master Bathroom Gets a Spa-Like Upgrade

Transformation time! Check out our recent bathroom remodel. Read more

Holiday Handyman Special! Our November 2016 Newsletter

 
 

Just realized you need some last minute home maintenance done before holiday guests arrive? No worries, Medford Remodeling is your…

 
 
 

 
 
 

We know the holidays can be a hectic time, especially if you’re hosting a house full of guests! The Medford Remodeling Team would like to remind you that we offer home maintenance services for those small projects that you meant to get done by the end of the year.

 
 

 
 
As 2016 comes to a close, we are wrapping up our big projects so we have time for smaller jobs, repairs, maintenance work, and minor renovations, such as:
 
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Increased Value of Your Home or Improved Quality of Life – Which is Grounds for a Major Remodel?

Remodeling is a big investment. How big of an investment you commit to really comes down to what your plans are for the home in the future – are you planning to sell the home at some point, or do you intend to live there the rest of your life? Most of our clients base their home remodeling decisions on one of two goals: to increase the value of their home for resale purposes, or to improve their quality of life while living in the home. Which is a more important option to consider?

Every standard remodel will increase the resale value of your home to some extent, but certain remodels add more value than others. On the other end of the spectrum, certain remodels will end up costing more than you would ever get back if you sold the home with the completed renovations. Read more

Get Your FREE Patio Cover Design Package! Our April 2016 Newsletter

Happy April from Medford Remodeling!

This time of year in Texas offers beautiful, sunny days, but the warming temperatures of the season also mean spring showers and thunderstorms are on the way! These changing weather patterns make it hard to enjoy the outdoors if your home is lacking necessary features. Patio covers are a great solution, providing a sheltered outdoor space for when it rains and a cool, covered area for when it’s sunny and hot.

Patio covers are a common request from our clients during the spring season and all the way through the summer. Many of them are initially interested in arbors or pergolas, but we usually advise them to steer clear of these types of structures and go with a full patio cover instead. The reasons are many: Read more

6 Reasons Remodeling After Retirement is a Better Choice Than Moving

When most people think of retirement, the first thing that comes to mind is selling their house and relaxing for the rest of their days on a beach somewhere. The reality, however, is that the majority of retirees never leave their home. Most people opt to age in place and remodel their home to fit their needs. That isn’t surprising when you consider these 6 reasons remodeling is a better choice than moving:

  1. Home is where the heart is. Many people feel attached to their homes and the town they live in. Whether they grew up there or moved there to raise a family, there is something comforting about familiarity. Even if a new house or vacation home sounds good now, the old saying is true – there’s no place like home!
  1. Home is where your friends (and family) are. You go run errands and see familiar faces. You visit with family several times a week. Maybe you belong to a country club, or meet friends regularly for lunch, tennis or golf. Research says that a strong social network is crucial for successful aging. Friends and family not only supply emotional support, but can also offer practical benefits like loaning you an item of need or helping with a project at home. Why should you uproot yourself, move a thousand miles away from your family and then be faced with the sometimes difficult challenge of finding a new group of like-minded friends?
  1. You don’t save money by moving. It costs a lot to move. You give up about 10 percent of the selling price of your house in real estate commissions, legal fees and taxes. Then there’s the cost of buying, moving and resupplying your new house. If you’re moving a long distance there are additional expenses involved in traveling. You might need to rent for a while or store some furniture. It’s not worth it if you only save a couple thousand dollars a year in your cost of living!

  1. People want to retire in the last place they land. Many baby boomers and retirees have moved around for work or personal reasons much of their life and then finally put down roots when they’re in their 40s or 50s. By that time, they are tired of moving and want to stay settled where they are.

  1. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to age-proof your home. Many of the safety issues involved in age-proofing a home involve modest expenses. Improve the lighting in stairways and outdoor areas. Change out doorknobs for lever handles that are easier to manipulate. Install bathroom grab bars and raised toilet seats. None of these changes costs much money and can greatly improve the safety and functionality of your home as you age.

  1. Remodeling breathes new life into a home you already love. Your home is full of sentimental value and good memories. If you love your home and your neighborhood too much to move, remodeling is the perfect solution, allowing you to get the feel of a new home without losing what you already have.

If you are planning on retiring and living in your current home for the rest of your life, we’d be more than happy to assist you with aging-in-place renovations, as well as whole house remodeling services. Our Whole House Remodeling Planner provides you with everything to remodel your entire home, so it will be everything you need and more when you’re ready to retire! Contact us today for more information! Read more

5 Signs You Should Hire a Professional for Your Home Remodel

With all of the home improvement DIY networks and Pinterest How-to’s, it’s sometimes easy to think you can tackle just about any renovation project on your own. While it may be tempting to take on a major home improvement project to save money, it’s not always wise to do it alone.

Here are five signs that you’ll likely need kitchen remodeling help from a professional:

  1. You’d like to remove that dated popcorn ceiling

Popcorn ceilings were popular in the 1950’s and 60’s as a form of acoustic treatment. In 1978, this method was banned because the treatment contained asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma (a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs). Despite the health risks, the government allowed builders to use up their on-hand materials after the ban was instilled. For that reason, popcorn ceilings installed post-1978 may still contain the carcinogenic material. Read more

From Concept to Completion: How Our Design-Build Process Simplifies Your Remodeling Project

Medford Remodeling is a design build firm, meaning we are essentially two businesses in one. Yes, we are a general contractor, but we also go above and beyond construction alone by providing our clients with superior design services.

What does that mean for you? It means that instead of hiring an architect, a designer, and an engineer to create a design, and then searching for a contractor to build it, you can find everything you need in our ‘one-stop-shop.’

That’s right; we take the hassle and headache out of remodeling your home! Our goal is to work with clients who don’t have the vision or the expertise to bring their projects together on their own.  We understand you’re busy with family, work or just living life; add in the time and stress involved in interviewing designers and getting bids from contractors and it might start to feel like your remodel will never get done! That is why we are here – to handle every aspect of your project for you: from creating your dream design to completing the quality construction and finishing the job! Read more

Under-Cabinet Lighting


When we are designing the lighting for a kitchen we always include under-cabinet lights. Under-cabinet lights provide task lighting on the counter tops that complements the overhead lighting we install over the work spaces and dramatically reduces shadows in the work space. These lights also double as ambiance lights at night as the light brightens the backsplash and enhances its appearance.

There are three types of under-cabinet lights: fluorescent, incandescent and LED.

Fluorescent Lights

My clients are often surprised to find out that fluorescent lights are my favorite of the three. When most of us think of fluorescent lights, we think of the buzzing, flickering, fading bulbs we’ve seen in years past. Like a lot of things, technology has made fluorescent lights much better. The compact lamps can be concealed easily, there are choices of the light hue that can be made, they come on instantly, and they don’t flicker, buzz or hum like the old school ones did. The bulbs come in a wide variety of lengths so it’s easy to get full coverage without leaving dark spots or light gaps. Along with bright uniform lighting, the bulbs have long life spans. Read more

Historical Home Renovations


We are currently renovating a two story home in the Fairmount district that was built sometime around 1900. Properly remodeling a historical home requires expertise in design, knowledge of craftsmanship from different eras, and a thorough knowledge of city requirements. We are always up for the challenge because we find these projects interesting and educational.

The main challenge of renovating a historic home is trying to maintain a natural and historically accurate appearance that honors its essential character, while adding new spirit and modern convenience. There are three levels of watchdogs to make sure the historically accurate appearance is honored: neighborhood, city and state. These organizations are filled with people who are educated and passionate about history. They do a tremendous service for the historic neighborhoods by keeping historical integrity intact, which helps the properties in these neighborhoods continually increase in value while maintaining the historical interest.

Part of the fun of these projects is that demolition is like an archaeological excavation. Just imagine how many renovations have been done to this home in the last 110+ years! We are removing the current laundry room to put a more modern laundry room bathroom combination along with a covered porch.

When looking at the demolition picture, you can see evidence of multiple renovations. If you look along the house where the roof was, you can see the different colors, surfaces and flashings that show that at least two additions were made to the original structure. On the gable roof piece that is still standing in the picture, notice the wall covering on the wood and the drywall below it. Read more

A Very Cool Online Design Tool Compliments of Arizona Tile


Arizona Tile has an awesome online design tool called “Just Imagine.” They have a bunch of pictures of bathrooms, kitchens and other rooms of a house with various layouts. You select a picture that is similar to your room, and then the tool allows you to change countertops, backsplashes and flooring, as well as change the color of the walls and cabinetry. You can also upload your own pictures and change the surfaces and colors so you can get a good sense of how your remodeling project may look, long before it starts. Read more